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NEWS The Semester So Far

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Fall Break Recaps

SPORTS Volleyball Wins!

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See how Rollins students spent their fall break over the past long weekend. PAGE 8

Rollins Women’s Volleyball break losing streak with impressive win against Lynn University. PAGE 14

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Roaming Rollins For the Weekend Rochelle Siegel the sandspur It all begins Friday October 20. Parents check-in beginning at 9am and a full day of events awaits. After parking the car, watch for parking tickets, grabbing the itinerary, and the campus map they are off. Parents finally get a chance to see what it is like to be a Rollins student. Not only will they be able to stroll along the campus but they can a end classes with their children. Professors will probably take it easy on them considering they missed half of the semester. By a ending classes with their

children they are able to see first hand how the academics work at Rollins and how different classes are structured. Parent’s presence is strongly encouraged. Don’t forget lunch. Enjoy lunch in Beans, Dave’s Downunder or at The Grille. And of course save room for ice cream. The Rollins Ice Cream Social is an event that allows parents and students to socialize with faculty members, administration, and other Rollins families. Events will be set up throughout the weekend for parents to enjoy and just enough free-time will be put aside so that parents and children can get in that well needed quality time.

SOCIAL TIME: President families.

COURTESY OF ROLLINS COLLEGE Lewis Duncan a ends the ice cream social and gets to know Rollins

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World News CHINA: Traditionally Pyongyang's closest ally has called for "appropriate" UN action over North Korea's claim to have carried out a nuclear tests. PHILIPPINES: Authorities dismantled a second bomb in the insurgency-wrecked southern Philippines, a day a er suspected al-Qaida-linked militants detonated an explosive, killing six people. IRAQ: A fire broke out at an ammunition depot at a US base in southeast Baghdad, se ing off a series of explosions, the US military has said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. ISREAL: Hamas did not reject a Qatari a empt to defuse a growing crisis in the Palestinian territories, a senior Hamas official said, disputing a claim by his rival Fatah group that the Gulf state's initiative had failed. IRAN: Iran on distanced its own nuclear dispute from the North Korean crisis, reiterating its claim that it opposes nuclear weapons.

National News GEORGIA: A man charged with killing four people in a shooting rampage that began in a courthouse used his own blood to sign le ers that detailed his plot to escape from a county jail with another inmate.

Ann Carpan contributing writer Now is your chance to tell us what you think about the Olin Library! From October 16 through November 3, the Olin Library is conducting an online survey about your perceptions and expectations of the library and the services we provide. The results of the LibQual+ survey, which has been used by more than 400 colleges and universities worldwide, will be used to make improvements and changes in your library. The survey will take about

WASHINGTON D.C.: The budget deficit narrowed to $248 billion in the fiscal year just ended from $319 billion in 2005 in spite of record spending.

10 minutes to complete. The results are anonymous, and you can choose to enter a drawing to win some great prizes. Prizes include a grand prize $200 gi card and three $50 gi s cards for your choice of iTunes, Borders, or Panera Bread. Don’t miss out on your chance to make changes in the library and win some great prizes! Watch your email for an invitation to fill out the survey or visit the Rollins LibQual+ survey at http://survey.libqual.org/index. cfm?ID=834194. Thanks for taking the time to help improve library services

Community Engagement Join "Community Engagement Connections" if you are interested in being a part of a change. Join if you want to make a difference in your community. Students interested learning how to navigate the Community Engagement Website will have the opportunity to learn new skills needed to access several service projects in the community. Hear stories shared about Rollins faculty, staff and students who have made an impact on the community. For more information contact Meredith Hein (MHEIN@ROLLINS.EDU) or 407-691-1021 from the Office of Community Engagement.

Mark Your Calendar:

COURTESY OF ROLLINS COLLEGE DIG IT: Two Rollins students excavate a site on their summer travels.

October 16, 3-4pm Bieberbach and Reed October 23, 9-10pm Bieberbach and Reed

Elise Friedland contributing writer

Novemeber 2, 2-3pm Bieberbach and Reed

A end an event to see what Rollins Archaeologists did over their summer, the things they found, and the exciting adventures they encountered. Join two Rollins College students, as they take you on an illustrated "trench tour" of what they excavated and studied this past summer. The excavation took place at an Etruscan site in central Italy and at a burial site in Roman Por-

Novemeber 6, 12-1pm Bieberbach and Reed November 15, 1-2pm Hauck 113 November 20, 9-10pm Bieberbach and Reed November 30, 9-10pm Bieberbach and Reed

tugal. Join these students on Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm in the Galloway Room, Mills Building. Learn about the archaeology Minor at Rollins while also viewing the "tour" open to the public. A reception will follow. The event will be sponsored by the Archaelolgy Minor and the Program in Classical Studies. For more information contact Dr. Elise A. Friedland, efriedland@rollins.edu / x 2502.

Toll Brothers Central Florida Divison Armando Triana contributing writer

PENNSYLVANIA: In a flat, emotionless voice, Charles Carl Roberts IV warned an emergency dispatcher 10 girls inside West Nickel Mines School were going to die unless state police backed off.

WISCONSIN: A university instructor who came under scrutiny for arguing that the U.S. government orchestrated the September 11 a acks likens President Bush to Adolf Hitler in an essay his students are being required to buy for his course.

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WASHINGTON D.C.: President Bush says North Korea will face serious repercussions for its claim that it launched a successful nuclear test this week.

NEW YORK: John Lennon's killer was denied parole for a fourth time Tuesday because of the "bizarre nature" of his crime.

NEWS

COURTESY OF ROLLINS COLLEGE AWARD WINNER: Rollins alumnus Greg Goldman was promoted to Senior Project Manager for the Toll Brothers.

Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, announces the promotion of Greg Goldman to Senior Project Manager of Woodland Terrace at Timber Springs. Goldman will oversee the construction, sales and all other aspects of the townhome community located in East Orange County in the Avalon Park area. “Toll Brothers is proud of Greg Goldman’s commitment, dedication and quality customer service,” says Bill Morrisey, Central Florida division president for Toll Brothers. “He demonstrates extraordinary characteristics that represent the Toll Brothers name and benefit the community he

serves.” “Toll Brothers is a well managed company that rewards their hard working employees with advancement opportunities,” says Goldman. “I plan on taking all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained the last few years to satisfy the customers and home buyers of Woodland Terrace at Timber Springs.” Goldman began his career with the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes three years ago as an assistant project manager trainee in South Riding, Va. The Rollins College alumnus was then promoted to project manager for The Villas at Cypress Springs, an exclusive townhome community in East Orlando, last December before taking his new senior position at Woodland Terrace at Timber Springs. Woodland Terrace at Timber Springs features a private community resort-style swimming pool and cabana, prestigious brick wall entry and privacy gate. Residents enjoy the picnic area, playground, tennis and basketball courts at the Timber Springs Community Park and its central location to A-rated schools, major employers and shopping. Boutique shops and restaurants are found at the Avalon Park Town Center as well as larger retail and entertainment venues at neighboring Waterford Lakes Town Center. Pricing at Woodland Terrace at Timber Springs starts from the low $300s. In July 2005, Toll Brothers acquired Landstar Homes, marking its introduction of the Toll Brothers luxury brand to the Central Florida market serving Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Polk and Brevard counties.

Toll Brothers Central Florida Division includes Drayton Woods, a single-family home neighborhood at Providence, a Golf & Country Club community in northeast Polk County; Lake Juliana Estates, a lakefront community of single-family estate homes in Polk County; River Oaks at Timber Springs, luxurious single-family homes in East Orlando; Woodland Terrace, a luxury townhome community also in Timber Springs and the additional townhome communities of Meadow Woods Cove in south Orlando; Chatham Place in the Meadow Woods area; and The Villas at Cypress Springs in East Orlando; and Fairway Lakes at Viera, a gated community of single-family homes in Brevard

"Toll Brothers is a well managed company that rewards their hard working employees with advancement opportunities." -Greg Goldman County. Toll Brothers entered the Florida market in 1995 and has sold more than $1.7 billion in homes. Toll Brothers is also building luxury communities on the southwest coast in Lee, Collier and Hillsborough counties, the southeast coast in St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties and on the northeast coast in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. To visit Woodland Terrace at Timber Springs from Downtown Orlando, take the East-West Expressway (FL 408 toll road). Merge onto East Colonial Drive

(SR 50) via exit 22. Proceed east approximately 1.5 miles to Avalon Park Boulevard and turn right. Proceed approximately .5 miles to the second entrance of Timber Springs. Turn le at the first gated community Woodland Terrace, on your le . For more information, please call 407-658-8078 or visit TollBrothers.com. The Toll Brothers sales center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About Toll Brothers Toll Brothers, a Fortune 500 company, began business in 1967 and became a public company in 1986. Its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pacific Exchange under the symbol "TOL". The Company serves move-up, empty-nester, active-adult and second-home buyers and operates in 21 states. Toll Brothers is the only publicly traded national home building company to have won all three of the industry's highest honors: America's Best Builder from the National Association of Home Builders, the National Housing Quality Award and Builder of the Year. Toll Brothers builds luxury single-family detached and attached home communities, master planned luxury residential resort-style golf communities and urban low, mid- and highrise communities, principally on land it develops and improves. For more information, visit TollBrothers.com.


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What Has Been Happening At Rollins This Semester?

Rollins Welcomes Largest Incoming Freshman Class The class of 2010 was Rollins largest incoming class in the colleges history. Faculty and administration welcomed the new incoming class onto the campus with welcoming harms. Orientation fi lled incoming students' days with a wide variety of events allowing students to get to know each other. Students participated in a pancake-fl ip, a talent show, a karaoke night, and of course a foxhunt. Orientation began with President Lewis Duncan's welcome followed by speeches by other faculty members. A Candle Wish Ceremony kicked off the fi rst night on camCOURTESY OF ROLLINS COLLEGE ROLLINS WELCOME: The class of 2010 is welcomed onto the Rollins campus by President Lewis Duncan.

Drivers Beware of Tickets Campus Security believes that students are not reading the parking laws and for that need to be punished in ways of parking tickets. Tickets are o en given out to freshman and sophomores who tend to park on campus, even though they are not allowed. Forty dollar tickets are given out an estimated 200 to 250 times per week. Campus Security works hard making sure that Rollins' limited parking spaces are not taken up by those who do not belong.

JOSHUA BENESH/The Sandspur PAYING THE PRICE: Campus Security has cracked down on parking citations.

No Class for Ernesto The National Hurricane Center expected wind gusts of over fi y miles per hour and thus Rollins College closed down to prepare for the storm. The cancelling of classes came to a surprise to many students who had to weather Wilma a year ago.

As Ernesto neared the Florida Keys it weakened to a Tropical Depression. The maximum winds lowered to only 35 mph. The storm hit hardest in the evening, a er most classes would normally be out anyways.

JD CASTO/The Sandspur BLOWING BY: Meterologists projected Tropical Storm Ernesto to dump heavy rain on Central Florida but it ended up Ernesto only brought light showers.

pus. Eager freshmen surrounded the Rollins pool. Students were welcomed warmly into the Rollins community during the Convocation. Class of 2010 learned ways in which they can both help themselves and the community around them by participating in a series of community projects. Serving others before themselves was a well learned lesson for many incoming students and a message Rollins would like to relay into the minds of all. The spirit of orientation prepared many students for the shock of moving away to college.

Academic Honor Code Not only were students introduced to other Rollins students, the surrounding community and the college campus itself when they arrived at Rollins they were also introduced to the newly established Rollins College Academic Honor Code. Rollins College values honor and integrity in every aspect of a students education and thus felt it necessary to implement an academic honor code. Student entering into the college level of their educational careers should be responsible enough to know what kind of be-

havior is acceptable. Students, faculty, staff, and administration all share a certain responsibility in keeping Rollins an honorable place and sustaining that community integrity. Professors are to lay out clear guidelines in which their students are to follow especially when it comes to authorized and unauthorized collaboration. Students signed an agreement to stick to the honor code while they are at Rollins College. Rollins is an overall honorable community.


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Now We Begin: Science FAU Expands Andres Lester-Coll the sandspur Last Tuesday Night, October 3, 2006, Creston Davis, assistant professor of religion at Rollins College, spoke at the Collage Heights United Methodist Church about the issue of science and religion. He spoke as a visiting guest of The Florida Center for Science and Religion, created in 2004 by two Florida Sothern college faculty members. The founding members include the associate professor of biology, Nancy Morivillo, and associate professor of religion, Sara Fletcher Harding. This lecture series, which has lasted for a couple of weeks, was entitled “Our Place in the Universe: theological and Scientific Aspects of Cosmology” and has dawn the interests of nearly 500 a endees from the public. The basis of this lecture series is the origin of life and the universe, and directly addresses the ongoing debate between fundamentalist and evolutionist that has lasted for decades. The Evolution side of the debate can be summarized as the process where organisms evolve, from their ancestors, to new organisms due to natural selection. In other words the question is: where dose life come from? According to evolution life comes from life itself. This widely accepted answer to where our existence came from is considered, by many religious fundamentalist, as a direct contradiction and is viewed as an a ack on their belief in God as the sole creator of the universe. But if life in fact comes from life then there is no need or reason to believe in a god as the sole creator, and here lies the real conflict of Evolution and Religion. This conflict continues because fundamentalist “creationists” are more and more threatened by this theory. Fundamentalist further believe that their faith and followers of their faith will evidentially die out due to the new widespread acceptance of evolution. Assistant professor Creston Davis on the other hand believes that progressive Christian theology possesses a valuable concept of pluralism that can give space for the co-existence of differences that relate to each other in a peaceful way. Davis argues “In terms of the relationship between

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COURTESY OF ROLLINS COLLEGE ORIGINS OF LIFE: Professor Creston Davis spoke to students about science and religion and how it deals with life origins. science and religion (at least on Christian grounds) a Christian radical pluralism gives birth to an infi nite scientific structure of inquiry and thus, Christianity must actually welcome all discoveries no ma er where they lead us and the human enterprise”. He also argues that this is because “in the fi nal analysis, a real pluralism, constituted as the very bases of reality must be what humanity strives for, and there are rich historical conceptual and practical resources within the Christian tradition that allow this logic of difference and otherness to happen.” Yet he quickly adds that “we must be careful not be blinded by the Christian tradition or any tradition for that mater for there is all too much to be critical of within its authoritative horizon, and above all, its uses of violence and the espousal of unchecked capitalism and imperialism.” Thus, Davis concludes with an adroit balance “we need not throw the baby out of the bath water we must not quickly dismiss Christianity en toto.” In the fi nal analysis Davis applies this pluristic view to our postmodern epoch in general, which he sees is a positive period in history. He states in the

conclusion of his lecture that yes, the time of spirituality has come and that this “spiritual dynamic” leads to thinking about humans in all fields of inquiry including the physical sciences. To this end Davis states “A liberal arts education commi ed to the dawning of new inquiry founded in mystery and otherness, the spiritual no longer fi nds itself in Kansas anymore. And, if I may say, it’s a good thing too! In other words, we must re-think the spiritual realm beyond how it relates to pure materialism as its opposite. The ‘spiritual’ is much bigger than our idea of it.” In summary, instead of a hard and fast division that separates religion from science, assistant professor Creston Davis offers us an alternative. He believes religion and science cannot survive on their own items or conditions. More fundamentally they are intertwined in ways that sometimes cannot be accounted for in terms of reason alone. As Davis says “Basically human begins need both science and religion in order to understand more fully what we are and the future that we can construct for ourselves and beyond.”

Succeeding at Rollins Rochelle Siegel the sandspur Fall Break came and went. Studying and relaxing were probably two things that were hard to manage at once. Most students do not spend their breaks studying and thus end up falling a bit behind. Those of you who have fallen behind may be struggling a bit, especially now in the semester. Developing a study plan is always a great idea to keep students on track. Checklists also work in keeping a student up to date. An academic planner can do won-

ders and you may not even know it. It can truly become your best friend. Organize and record all future assignments, exams, appointments, ect. in your planner and remember to use it daily. Homework can easily pile up if given the chance. That is why it is best to begin assignments when they are first given. It feels much be er to get an assignment out of the way than se ing it aside and pulling an all-nighter the night before it is due. Once again set goals for yourself and reach them. There is no such thing as taking a break when you are in college. College students work,

work, work and then work some more. Study everyday for each course, especially the more difficult courses. Try to make a study place, which is non-distracting. There are challenging and somewhat confusing assignments sometimes and it is okay to ask for help. The best time to ask for help is immediately. And if you get an assignment back with a lower grade than expected ask for help. Never feel ashamed of needing a li le extra help. Be responsible. Your academic success is your responsibility. No one else is to blame if you fail or succeed.

Currently at Rollins, incoming first year students are invited to be members of our prestigious Honors Program if they show they are exceptional and well-rounded individuals. Once in the program, they live together, a end special seminars together, and they continually work toward their goal of an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree. According to the Rollins Admissions page, "A central feature of the Honors Degree Program is the community of learners that develops through shared experiences, collaborative projects, and lively seminar discussions." Acknowledging the importance of a well-developed Honors Program, Florida Atlantic University, located in Boca Raton, is currently expanding their program in order to a ract a different crowd to their campus. Like Rollins, they are beginning to develop residence halls specifically for Honors students, and programs geared toward their special needs in order to create more of a community within their program. According to a press release, "FAU struggles with the reputation of being strictly a commuter school, and trustees have made it a goal to remodel the Boca Raton campus to make it a 'first choice' destination school." By remodeling their honors program, FAU hopes to follow in the footsteps of prestigious liberal

arts colleges such as Rollins. Currently, the FAU Honors Program is an open application program, unlike the invitation only program at Rollins. Their admissions page states: "Admission is competitive with minimum requirements of 1250 SAT (28 ACT) and a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Other factors considered are le ers of recommendation and a personal statement. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements but feel they have the potential to successfully complete the University Scholars Program may apply." With the expansion of the Honors Program, they will be able to offer many more subjects than before, according to a press release. "FAU's honors students can earn Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with concentrations in subjects such as math, history, biology, and English. By expanding the honors program to Boca Raton…degree options could be increased." The "plan is aimed at luring high-performing students to Boca Raton who may have previously a ended honors programs at established traditional schools," comments the press release. Now, incoming first years will have more programs to choose from in the state and Rollins will have more competition and incentive to continue updating and improving our prestigious honors program.

COURTESY OF MCT CAMPUS HONORARY DEGREE: Florida Atlantic University students at the Boca Raton will see changes coming to their programs when honors are added.

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The Fine Line Between Nice Guy and Doormat The late Harriet B. Braiker, sexual request." Ph.D., detailed the disease in her Women have been trained 2002 New York Times to be a enISSUE: When someone tive to other’s bestseller “The Disasks you for a favor don't needs, usualThe English language is com- ease to Please: Curing automatically say yes. Tell ly by sacrificposed of many words. Depend- the People-Pleasing her you will get back to her ing their own ing on the particular scientific Syndrome.” later. Then ponder if you needs, while study, adults have a vocabulary Braiker’s book have the time, energy or de- men tend to of 12,000 to 38,000 words. There states “people-pleasing sire to do what is asked. If please other is one word that is the nicest to is [not] a simple probyou don't, promptly say no. people in a hear but can, at times, be the most lem, [but] an underlypainful to say. Yes. ing approval addiction different form. Will you volunteer at the el- [that] fuel[s] the emoIn “Boundarementary school carnival? Yes. tional avoidance pa ern.” ies,” a book he coauthored with Can you work an extra shi this Braiker was a frequent guest Henry Cloud, California therapist weekend? Yes. Will you help me on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” John Townsend gives some of the study? Yes. Stop by the store on where Winfrey detailed how her differences between people-pleasyour way home? Yes. inability to say no found her in un- ers based on gender. Sometimes it seems “yes” is wanted situations throughout her He noted women tend to do the delife. “Many times I their people-pleasing in relationfault anwould get myself ships while men are more likely to swer that into situations… take on extra tasks. “They might comes where I didn’t want lend their lawn mower to a neighout of the to say ‘no’ because I bor even though they don't like mouth didn’t want to hurt him, or they'll say yes to extra rebefore anyone’s feelings. sponsibilities at work," Townsend there is says. Men I didn’t a chance want… any- REWARD: Your life will will try to to say body angry be simpler, you will be tak- fix a probing be er care of yourself lem even anything with me.” e l s e . W i n - and your health, and you if they E v e n frey has will be living a life of in- don't have when we i n s p i r e d tegrity. You'll also be hap- the time, want to others to ac- pier to say yes to the things energy or say no, knowledge that you really want to do. k n o w l when we the emoedge to do know we tional conit, he says. should For some people, saying no is Courtesy of MCT Campus sequences of their say no, we people-pleasing ways. a difficult task. The problem is not still say yes. So why do we al- “When you’re made to feel that about saying the word, the probways seem to say yes? you’re not good enough and that lem is what the word “no” means It is the disease to please. We you have to be perfect in order to to the chronic people-pleaser. San do not want to hurt anyone’s feel- be loved," says actress Jane Fon- Diego-based life coach Ed Fox ings or let anyone down; and the da, "you develop the disease to knows it is not simply about the last thing we want is for someone please. I learned that expression word. “What you have to do is to be mad at us. However, there from Oprah." start listening to yourself and beare worst things than hurt feel"The need to please is instilled gin breaking the old structures of ings, and that is the repercussions in us from an early age when we just reacting the way you've been of saying “yes” too o en. Stress, learn to 'be nice,' " says New Jer- programmed to," he says. "Evenanger, exhaustion, passive-ag- sey-based psychologist Patricia tually there will be a shi , and it gressive behavior and eventually Farrell.” Women in particular are gets changed to action, and then illness can result from overex- reminded that it's not nice to say you will feel empowered to say no, unless it's in the context of a no." tending one’s self.

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HHSGA Prepares for CANstruction 2006 Kaye Haynes hhsga president Rollins College Hamilton Holt Student Government Association (HHSGA) is hosting our second annual CANstruction Orlando event on campus on Saturday, November 18, 2006. Richard Mino, past HHSGA Secretary, introduced the event to the college last year and it was a great success. We were able to donate 2,000 canned goods to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. This year's event is going to be bigger and be er, but it can't happen without you. The CANstruction Orlando chapter has been participating in the CANstruction

national competition event for 12 years. Every year CANstruction hosts this competition with all canned goods and donations going to the Second Harvest Food Bank. More than 38 million Americans, including nearly 14 million children, live on the brink of hunger. Source: America's Sec"CANstruction, a charity commi ed to ending hunger, is using 'one can' as a catalyst for change." The CANstruction catch phrase is "Get ready, get creative, get involved." Who, but Rollins

College students could be more "ready, creative, and involved?" A er all, "our guiding principles are excellence, innovation, and community." Interested organizations please e-mail me at khaynes@rollins.edu and provide the name of your organization, contact person's name and e-mail address, and a potential design idea. Upon receiving your organization's email reply, HHSGA will register you for the event and notify you of any pre-event meetings that take place. CANstruction Orlando, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Rollins College Hamilton Holt Student Government thanks you, in advance, for your support.

FINDING DIRECTION Question:

Question:

I have noticed that you encourage students to participate internships when possible. Can you tell me how many intern positions are converted to full-time positions upon graduation?

I’m geĴing a lot of pressure from my family about my lack of career direction. How typical is this? Many of my friends (we are in our late 20’s) are already geĴing seĴled in a career. I feel a liĴle like a “ship without a rudder”

Holt Senior, 2007 Holt Junior ‘2008 Dear Holt Senior, Taking the time to participate in an internship helps a student in a number of different ways: • It allows the student to gain hands-on experience and broadens the student’s professional network. • An internship allows the student to gain insight to areas that may particularly appeal to him/her. Sometimes a student will learn what field NOT to go into. • An internship allows the student to successfully transition career paths. Internships can significantly change the “look and feel “of a resume. • In addition, an internship provides tangible benefits when it comes to seeking a full time job a er graduation. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s (NACE) 2006 Experiential Education Survey, employers reported that, from the class of 2005, 72.6 percent of their interns received offers for full time employment; 73.0 percent accepted those offers for a conversion rate of 53.0 percent. While full time work and other responsibilities may prevent some Holt students from participating in an internship I strongly encourage those who can to take advantage of this effective transition tool!

Dear Holt Junior, You are not alone. Many Holt students share feelings of career uncertainty with me. For some students, a fear of making a mistake o en results in no action at all. While the ambiguity can be personally unse ling it may ease your mind to look at some national statistics. The Journal of Career Planning and Employment collected data that shows "On the average, a student leaving college today can be expected to have three, four, or five careers and 10, 11, or 12 jobs during a work life that will last for 40/50 years." How can these statistics help you? First, it should relieve some pressure. I would encourage you to view your career as a journey. Most of us are involved in career transitions throughout our work life. So, while it is important to gain some short term goals and objectives, most people will alter and adjust their course as time goes on. Just the acknowledgement that you are embarking on a journey (instead of a “final destination”) o en allows students to begin to move forward. I would be happy to work with you individually to create a “career map”. Let us schedule some time to meet to begin the process. If you have a question, you can e-mail Marian at mcacciatore@rollins.edu.

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GETTING INVOLVED: Holt staff members contributed to the 2,000 canned goods collected last year.


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Arts&Entertainment Editor: Jessica Estes

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Word on the Street By: Ashliegh Bauman

What's Your Favorite Sport or Hobby?

JASON KLINK '10

EVAN NICOLAIDES '10

CORY VERVAECKE '10

"My favorite sport is lacrosse because I have played it for a long time and I like he enjoyment I get from playing. "

"My favorite sport is crew because I am a rower."

"My favorite sport is sky diving because it’s something I have never done and I would like to do it."

GERMA ADAN '10 "My favorite hobbies are sewing, playing violin, painting…all kinds of artsy stuff, because I love doing those kinds of things. "

Deadly Deception in The Departed Megan Borkes the sandspur If you want a movie that you don't have to think about, where you can just sit there and let your mind wander back to whether you le your coffee pot on this morning or not, don't go see The Departed. To really enjoy it, you've got to dive in head-first, invest in the characters, and retain a lot of information. So if you want some other fluffy, whatever-y movie, I believe Jackass: Number Two is still out in theaters. The Departed is a story about manipulation, deception, and the

importance of which side one is "loyal" to. With a star-studded cast, it's hard, at first, to look past the big names and get to the story. However, once the ball starts rolling, it's hard not to sit with rapt a ention on the storyline. Jack Nicholson plays Frank Costello: a crude, "shoot-then-ask" kind of fellow with an affinity for dropping the F-bomb (much like every other character in the movie). Costello is the "Don," if you will, of the Irish mafia in Boston, and is quite well-known throughout the community. But the movie's not really all about him, as it seems to be at the beginning (don't let the five min-

ute long prologue fool you). As the film rolls on, we meet Billy Costigan and Colin Sullivan (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Ma Damon, respectively), who are simultaneously enrolled in the Boston State Police Academy. We watch as Costigan is almost rejected from the force because of a shady background, as Sullivan moves on up - rather quickly - to the rank of sergeant. Costigan is given a final assignment - one last grasp at staying in the force: he must go undercover to infiltrate the underworld of the Irish mafia and get dirt on Frank Costello and his crew, so the force can finally nab the infa-

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mous gangster. At the same time, we find Sullivan ge ing cozy with his new promotion, as he is made the head of the Investigations department, which is coincidentally working with Costigan's undercover assignment to nab Costello. If I were to explain much more of the plot, I would give much too much away, and there would be no use in any of you going out to see the movie. But be assured: there are more twists in this plot than in a bag of pretzels. Sure, there are probably some holes in the plot, but if they're there, they're very well covered up. Martin Scorsese's direction and the expert cinematography by Michael Ballhaus makes this an interesting movie simply to look at, let alone watch for the story. If you're not a fan of gangster movies and violence (of which this film has plenty), there's also an interesting sub-plot with a love

Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers triangle between Costigan, Sullivan, and the police force's hired psychiatric doctor. But, really, who doesn't love a shot of someone ge ing their brains blown out (or two… or six)? All in all, this film was one of the be er that I've seen this season. It's got Oscar-worthy acting, directing, and production - a triple threat in filmmaking. If you're skeptical about the topic, or one of the actors (as I was about Leonardo DiCaprio), I suggest that you gamble your $7.50 and see if the movie will change your mind. I know that I'd pay to see it again, if only to catch some of the plot points that I know I must've missed the first time through. If anything, watching Leonardo DiCaprio actually put some feeling into this role (and making it believable) is worth the price of admission.


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National News in Entertainment Beatle’s Break In Two American tourists were busted a er posting video footage on YouTube of them breaking into Sir Paul McCartney’s English country estate in Peasmarsh, East Sussex according to contactmusic.com. On the tape, you can hear a woman saying, "This is his house. Oh God, we're going to be in so much trouble."

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CBGB Closes Famous NYC punk rock club CBGB’s is closing doors for good on Halloween. The club’s known for breaking bands like The Ramones in the 70s, but a er landlords tripled 315 Bowery’s 19k monthly rent, owner Hilly Kristal moving the venue Vegas. Pa ie Smith is scheduled to play the club’s encore performance.

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Jimmy Buffet Ecstasy Bust

Ever wish you were a cartoon on the hit Fox comedy Family Guy? With the right dough and highest bid at FightSMA’s annual auction fundraiser, your dream could come true. Winner of The Hollywood Experience bid also gets to sit in on a cast table reading and Family Guy studio tour.

Jimmy Buffet, 59, upgraded from margaritas to ecstasy last week, according to The New York Post. French authorities found over 100 hits of the club drug in Buffet’s luggage at the Toulon-Hyères International Airport. He was free a er paying the 300 Euro fine ($380 US). Buffet’s rep insisted it was not ecstasy but prescription meds.

Prop Costs Trekkie $576k Star Trek super fan dished $576,000 for original Starship Enterprise model from cult classic sci-fi show Star Trek: The Next Generation. According to Associated Press, the 78-inch-long EnterpriseD ship was auctioned off at Christie’s along with over 1,000 other Trek props. Total auction sales reached $7.1 million.

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Tower Records Liquidated Music megastore Tower Records liquidated to Great American Group for $134.3 million a er filing Chapter 11 in August according to Associated Press. The 46-year-old chain was the largest deep-catalog music retailer in the country with 89 US stores; its closing makes Virgin Megastores the largest with 20 stores.

School for Scoundrels: Skipping this Class is Alright Katie Pederson the sandspur Feeling down and depressed? Ever wonder why it seems like you’re standing still and the world’s just running along without you? Sick of being kicked down, tossed around and otherwise disrespected? Well then set down your helpless selfhelp book and take a class from the man himself, Billy Bob Thorton in this fall’s romantic comedy School for Scoundrels. School for Scoundrels follows the seemingly pathetic existence of the naïve, sweet, yet u erly loser-ish parking officer Roger (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite). Picked on at work, harassed by hooligans, and almost completely ignored by his one true love and neighbor Amanda (Jacinda Barre , The Last Kiss, Ladder 49), Roger has just about had enough with his pathetic excuse for a life. When all seems lost, Roger happens to hear of a secretive and radical confidence seminar that seems to work wonders for people “like him.” With nothing else to lose, Roger takes the chance and enrolls in the class only to find that the highly unconventional methods of his teacher Dr. P (Billy Bob Thorton, Bad Santa, Bad News Bears) aren’t at all what they seem. Torn between momentary effectiveness of a Dr. P mo o of “Lie, lie, then lie some more!” and his own moral judgment Roger finds himself ba ling not only his own insecurities but his diabolical professor for happiness. But Roger is not alone—his fiends and fellow loser classmates Diego (Horatio Sanz, Saturday Night

Live), Eli (Todd Louiso, Snakes on a Plane, XXX) and Walsh (Ma Walsh, Starsky & Hutch, Christmas With The Kranks) band with him to help save the day and get the girl. Directed and wri en by Todd Phillips (Starsky & Hutch, Old School) and with an incredible cast of characters complimented by cameos from the other notables such as the scary Michal Duncan Clarke and the always hilarious Ben Stiller, School for Scoundrels should have had all the right pieces to be a side-splitting blockbuster. Instead, its rather drawn out storyline and misplaced punch lines leave the film lacking the poignant and memorable moments of some of the star’s other cult classic comedies. As always though, Jon Heder is great in his role as the dorky Roger, continuously making you feel sorry for him and almost finding his character rather “cute.” Add in a llama, a high school presidential campaign complete with “Vote for Pedro” T-shirts and a crazy ghe o-booty loving older brother and this film might have made a be er impression. All in all, save your money even though I know how much we all live and die for the next Wedding Crashers meets Dodgeball combined with Napoleon Dynamite film that comes off the line. And don’t assume I’m saying that this is a good practice to take with you throughout your time at Rollins, but you just might be better off skipping School this time.

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How Did You Spend Your Fall Break? Ashliegh Bauman the sandspur October is finally here and we all know what that means. Fall Break has arrived and for many that means the first trip home since mid-August. But for others, it’s a chance to have full reign of their dorms and just simply relax and, of course, finish the homework that was assigned. For the students that live out of state and needed a ride to the airport, they relied on the famous Rolly Trolley. Others called on cabs or friends who had cars on campus to give them a li to Orlando International Airport. With so many students that

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PEACE AND QUIET: First year student Maggie Moran spent fall break relaxing on campus

went home, one might wonder what it was like for those staying on campus during break. Freshman Maggie Moran says, “It was kind of boring and pre y lonely since so many people went home.” And what were the opportunities you got of staying on campus with it almost deserted? The peace and quiet and being able to study without interruptions were just a few that Maggie and Janet Aponte got to relish in. “Most of my break was spent sleeping in late, catching up on some work, and doing some essential shopping,” says Aponte. Aponte, who is a senior this year, also said that K-Mart is the farthest that she went away from campus. Some students who did go home decided to come back a few days early. And why did they do that? Freshman Kerem Rivera said, “I spent my fall break doing lots of homework. I had psychology homework, chemistry homework, health homework, and ecology homework” So, up to knees in work, Rivera decided to come back a few days early so she could work in the peacefulness of Olin Library. Keeping that in mind, what about all the professors? Did they relax or grade some papers? From grading papers to taking care of his sick daughter…he did it all. “I ate out at Jason’s Deli, saw the Jet Li movie Fearless, and

worked on a chapter for a book. I enjoyed being able to rock out to my iPod on Monday while I was writing.” It seems like he had a good weekend, not to mention, enjoyable. And of course, some peer mentors could be spo ed around campus with their “mentee’s”. Moran was spo ed with her peer mentors, Joseph Bromfield and AraBella Fischer, while on their way to see The Decent. “We had a lot of fun. I am glad that they stayed on campus. It was really nice to get off campus, since it was empty. But I probably won’t be able to watch a scary movie with AraBella again,” says Moran, “At the same time, it was weird not having a roommate. I have been so used to her being here, that it was…weird. I came back from the movies and it was kinda scary; a bit creepy to be by myself.” Now that fall break has sadly ended, students at Rollins College must get back into the swing of things; more studying, more homework, and even more trips to the library. Now there is only a li le over a month until Thanksgiving Break! And now, Maggie Moran, who wishes she had gone home for fall break, can look forward to that homecooked Thanksgiving dinner and lots of time with her friends.

Arts and Entertainment at Rollins Week of October 16th-22nd Tuesday, October 17th

Thursday, October 19th

Who: Music @ Midday

Thursday, October 19th 2006

Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall

Who: Music @ Midday

When: 12:30pm

Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall When: 12:30pm

Who: Rollins Wind Ensemble Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall When: 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 21st Who: Brentano String Quartet Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall When: 11:00 am

Who: Fred Stone Theater’s Second Stage

What: Barbara Harrell Carson presents “Part and Parcel of God: American Transcendentalism and Cosmic Unity” Where: Cornell Fine Arts Center When: 6:30pm

Who: Rollins Concert Choir Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall When: 7:30 pm

What: This is How It Goes Where: Fred Stone Theater

Who: Fred Stone Theater’s Second Stage

When: 2:00pm & 8:00 pm

What: This is How It Goes

Sunday, October 22nd

When: 8:00 pm

Friday, October 20th

What: Oscar nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning film “Louisiana Story” Where: Cornell Fine Arts Center

Who: Brentano String Quartet

When: 3:00pm

When: 8:00 pm

Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall

Check Out These New CDs Before You Buy! Artist:

Beck Album: The Information Label: Interscope Artist:

Mute Math Album: Mute Math Label: Teleprompt/Warner Brothers Records

Artist:

Robin Thicke Album: The Evolution of Robin Thicke Label: Interscope

Beck is back with his latest full-length album release The Information. A er three long years in the making, and following his Grammy nominated Guero, Beck continues to follow the quirky beat of his own drum machine with help from producer Nigel Godrick (Beck’s Sea Change, Mutations; Radiohead’s OK Computer, Kid A). The 15 songs album comes with a DVD featuring homemade videos for each song shot in-studio during the actual sessions. The videos are just as ironic, creative, and intriguing as Beck himself.

As for the album artwork, there is none. Each cover insert is a blank grid and comes with one of four collectible sticker sheets specially designed by American and European artists hand-picked by Beck, allowing you, the listener, to decorate your personal album any way you want. According to Beck it is “either non-existent or infinite, depending on one’s point of view.” In addition to the self-shot videos currently floating around on Beck.com, Beck’s MySpace page, Youtube and various other corners of the Internet, Beck

recently shot a video for “Cell Phone’s Dead,” directed by Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). As for the new music, you can expect lots of Beck-tastic goodness; acoustic guitars, organs, drum and programming effects, and even a Game Boy. This is definitely a collector item for the bigger Beck fans. Tour dates will be posted on his website soon, so keep listening to The Information.

They are the most buzzedabout band you forgot you might have heard of, and for a 4-piece band from New Orleans, these boys make a lot of noise. A er five years of recording, touring, and EP hawking, MuteMath members Darren King (drums/samples/ programming), Paul Meany (vocals/rhodes/keytar/Atari), Greg Hill (guitarist), and Roy Mitchell-Cardenas (bass) released their self-titled debut album. The tiny indie-band-that-could is catching the eyes and ears of some major players in the music biz; Spin.

com naming them “Artist of the Day,” and MTV News including them on their roster of “You Hear it First.” MTV News anchor John Norris describes their sound as “atmospheric and innovative rather than radio friendly.” Like countless other musicians today, MuteMath optimized every online outlet including MySpace, PureVolume, as well as live performance video blogs, and their hard work actually paid off with sell out shows across the country, and invitations to play the biggest music festivals in the

U.S. (Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Bonnaroo). Their 14-song album is a giant sound machine, boasting pop, new wave, arena, and post rock tunes that mixes half U2’s newer sound with Coldplay’s Rush of Blood to the Head, but for a more underground crowd. The first 25,000 sold scores a bonus MuteMath live cd. Catch MuteMath in action at The Social on November 15th and 16th with The Whigs and Joneze a.

Welcome America: Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake’s brune e body-double. The Grammy award winning songwriter and producer has long been sought a er behind the scenes since age 16 when he began working with established R&B greats like Brandy and Brian McKnight. The time now comes for piano playing, guitar strumming, drum thumping, musical jack-of-all-trades to switch positions, pu ing himself in the booth and friend Pharrell Williams behind the soundboard. Pharrell signed Thicke to his

label, Star Trak Records, and adds his distinct vocals to Thicke’s first single and heavily rotated radio hit “Wanna Love U Girl.” Vocal guest appearances by Faith Evans and Lil Wayne frost the icing on Thicke’s 16-song solo album snack, and calls his latest creation “an album that tells the tales of love, loss, temptation, redemption and finding hope when all the odds are against you.” The Evolution of Robin Thicke has tracks energizing enough for dancing while ge ing ready for a date, and piano ballads

so enough for late night couch spooning. With Brazilian bossa nova beats, smooth r&b sounds, and some club bass bouncing hits, I was impressed on its first spin (it usually takes me at least three spins for new artists). He switches opening from India.Arie to John Legend in early November, making it to Orlando’s House of Blues on November 27th. Bonus Trivia: Robin Thicke is the son of actor Alan Thicke from Growing Pains.


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where one can stretch his legs. But too much of a good thing, can eventually be a bad thing. There is now a reaction the suburbs, people complain about long Starting in the 1950s people commutes and the isolation that began moving away from cities seemingly exists in the open spacto the verdant fields of the sub- es. People want to be connected urbs. It seems that people had with their community, and many had enough of crammed spaces, are moving back into the city. An incessant noise, and unruly traf- example of that search for comfic. America expanded out away munity are businesses like Panefrom large cities. Families now ra Bread and Starbucks coffee, owned there own homes, had that can be found in suburbs but have the flavor of a local bakery pools and large yards. The stereotypical American and coffeehouse. More than busidream, in the minds of many, is nesses these are place for people exactly that, a suburban home to hang out, they are examples of new urbanism N e w urbanism is sweeping the nation and they share a communitycentered design. These new neighRYAN WALLS/ The Sandspur borhoods can be walked

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they usually have wide sidewalks and are concentrated. Gone are the mega malls, enter the small “village” centers like the Winter Park Village. They usually contain a range of housing for both older and younger. They also vary in sizes. They use open spaces for people to rest, but at the same time look to keep an intimate feel. These neighborhoods are built for the automobile age, so they realize they must work to reduce traffic. Much thought is given to parking, and to accessibility. The Central Florida area seems to be a favorite of new urbanist design. The urban areas of the region are spread out along the Interstate Four corridor. A new urban neighborhood is sprouting in Rollins’ backyard.

The neighborhood of Baldwin Park has been cautiously planned to build community, it is an open neighborhood with no walls or gates. Many have complained that gated

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communities further isolate people. Baldwin Park is built for pedestrians, most stores and homes are within walking distance. The neighborhood is a empting to become a social center of the city. There are many exits and entrances making easy to get to.

The benefits for college students cannot be understated. It is clear, for anyone who has looked for off-campus housing, that many houses in the College Quarter are incredibly pricey for a college student budget. The New Urbanist design allows college students to still be part of a community, and to be active. It’s like living in a big city, without losing the peace of a village.


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The Senior Column recent grads are doing, and what the admission requirements are. The Career Services website suggests that students learn the I did it. I actually applied following things about their defor a job, and it was not as scary sired program: as I thought it would be. Now 1. Is the program accredall I have to do is just play the ited? waiting game. But of course, I 2.. How long will it take to am not just waiting. I am looking complete the degree? into graduate schools. In fact, 3. Is summer school renext weekend quired? OfI am going to fered? visit the Uni4. Is an Important Activities versity of Georinternship regia to find out quired? If so, on campus this week more informawhat are the for seniors tion about their choices? journalism pro5. What Senior Success Meeting gram. is the genSe ing up Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1-1:30 eral academic a grad school structure of the Wednesday, Oct. 18, appointment program? 11:30-12 p.m. was just as easy On the Offi ce of Career Services Career as when I set Serone up with vices website Rollins. I restudents conResume Writing searched the sidering grad Workshop program on schools can Monday, Oct. 16, 2-3 p.m. download the UGA weba site, and found Tuesday, Oct. 17, 3-4 p.m. decision makthe head of the Office of Career Services ing form that d e p a r t m e n t ’s was designed email address. to compare Resume Submission I just sent him three differDeadline an email, and ent schools. It FMC Technologies--Transhe responded focuses on all rather quickly portation Specialist, Oct. 18 areas of the and with enAmSouth Management As- school from thusiasm. Faculty-stusociate Program, Oct. 18 Now that Frank Crum Staffing--Staff- dent ratio to I have an apthe size of the ing Coordinator, Oct. 18 pointment, I library. Peters Summer 2007 Internam working on I know ship, Oct. 20. a list of questhat next week, See Jobs for Tars on Montions to ask I will be asksterTrak for more details. him about the ing all these program and questions and the school. I more. As with Grad School Info Session think there are choosing RolGrad School: When, some different lins, I want to Where, & Why to a end, make sure that questions to Oct. 18, Bib Lab. ask about grad I will be a good school than for fit at UGA or undergraduate. wherever I deWork Abroad When looking cide to go to JET (Japanese Exchange at undergradugrad school (if and Teaching) Represen- I do). ate schools, I looked for tatives will be at BieberIn the next campuses that bach and Reed on Oct. 26, few weeks, I I could see mywill be busy 5:30-6:30 p.m. self at – one taking the GRE with a mix of and applying Information is from the good educato other interntion, extracurOffice of Career Services! ships for next ricular activifall. As each ties, and a good week progresssocial outlet. es in my senior For grad school, I am consider- year, my thoughts of next year ing the program over all other become increasingly more excitaspects. I want to know what ing. the course load will be like, what

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This week’s Vocal Builder from The Princeton Review’s Cracking the GRE Wag (noun): wit, joker Asseverate (verb): to aver, allege, assert Diaphanous (adj.): transparent, gauzy

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the time, Sergeant Major. Then, during a furlough to Central Florida in March of 1954, Tom discovered Rollins College. His military career finally came to an end, and he joined the Rollins family. Today, Grubbs still visits with ve t e r a n s , even volunteering to help.

Homecoming is coming up soon and generations of alumni and current students are going to come together to celebrate Rollins College! This is an opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of the past by getting to meet with former alumni. While it is only a few weeks away, it is time to reflect back on the way you want to be remembered and how you want people to view you. And while you have the opportunity over the next few weeks, talk to someone that Grubbs went here a long time ago and occasionally ask them about their experiences visits Rolland any advice they would give. ins also. Just a It will help you at the same time few weeks ago, it is helping them. Grubbs enjoyed One alumnus who will be watching “Annie Get visiting is Thomas Grubbs, ’56. Your Gun” at the Annie Alumni such as Grubbs provide R u s s e l l LAURA COLE / The Sandspur a view of Rollins intrinsically dif- theatre. ferent from a current student’s He also THOMAS GRUBBS: Rollins alumnus from view of Rollins. plans to the Class of 1956 who will be a ending When he began his studies at a t t e n d Rollins in 1954, the total enroll- s e ve r a l Homecoming! ment was less than 600 people. of the As of 2005, the total enrollment H o m e for Rollins is approximately coming festivities the 1700. One thing that many stu- week of October 23. dents at Rollins had the privilege Grubbs would like to of enjoying in the 1950’s was The say to current stuPelican on New Smyrna Beach. dents at Rollins, The Pelican was a place where “Allow the Rolstudents could go to hang out on lins experience the weekends. Also, on Fox Day, to wrap around there were games played by ev- you; allowing eryone on Mills Lawn. According you to learn, alto Grubbs, “Rollins had a small lowing you to town atmosphere, where every- develop as an one knew everyone. When class- individual, allowes changed, the campus echoed ing you to serve bewith greetings and banter. Now, yond your personal the campus is virtually silent... boundaries. You may they are on their cell phones.” think you have limits, Grubbs was a Theatre ma- but Rollins helps you exjor that earned both the Theatre pand those limArts Achievement Award and its.” COURTESY OF THOMAS GRUBBS / The Sandspur the Pi Beta Phi Dramatics Prize AT AGE 5: Rollins alumnus, Thomas as recognition for his successful Grubbs, prior to his college years! participation in the plays and working backstage at the Annie Russell Theatre. Born in 1928, Grubbs lived without electricity on his family’s farm until 1936. Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine living without electricity. Grubbs’ family owned a farm in Ohio then later moved to Salem. At 17, Grubbs enlisted in the Army and served in Germany. Following his discharge, he a ended Kent State University on the GI Bill. The GI Bill provided money for veterans to a end college, buy homes, and start up businesses. When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Grubbs reCOURTESY OF ROLLINS COLLEGE ARCHIVES / The Sandspur enlisted in the Army, a aining the highest DURING GRUBBS’ COLLEGE YEARS: In 1956, Fox Day enlisted position at celebrations included field events!


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Lindsay Lane the sandspur We live in a society which, regardless of political views, is filled with problems. As students, we are all learning about these as they relate to our classes and the real world. My friends and I sit on our front porch vainly trying to answer the question, “What is wrong with the world today?” We usually come up with some interesting theories, but very few produce a means to change the society in which these problems exist. Most students at Rollins can devote their entire college career to being full-time students. This idea carries over into our personal lives, and we start learning about what we as individuals believe in. During this time of intellectual growth, we are faced with the harsh reality check that we do not agree with what is going on in our lives. We start to align ourselves with causes that we truly believe in. The problem that most students face is at this point: Many people realize that there are problems in the world, but very few know what to do about it. Rollins focuses its curriculum to direct us towards global citizenship, which makes us realize that problems, like relationships with other countries, are not isolated. Everything that we do affects someone else, and because of this consciousness, we are sometimes

unsure if what we are doing is actually fixing the real problem. The best thing that we as students can do is what we are already doing: learning. At this point in our lives, we should take advantage of the opportunities to learn more not only in classes, but from other students. If we all got together and let our opinions be heard, we would have a be er collective understanding of our world and what to do about the problems that we all face. Once we can recognize what our problems are, we will be better able to actually fix them. If you believe in a cause, stand by it. Find other people who share your view. This will help you to be er understand what you do and don’t like about the society that you live in. There are many different organizations on campus and in the Winter Park community that can provide an outlet for change. Political and interest groups in particular provide ways for students to vocalize their opinions and make their ideas known. They can also focus a collective effort to produce change. As students, our primary focus should be on learning both in and outside of the classroom. We are given a tremendous opportunity to be surrounded by our intellectual peers at this time of growth, and we should foster this growth with action. Stand by what you believe in and others may follow.

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Andres Lester-Coll the sandspur This School year, ‘06-‘07, many new exciting things have come to Rollins College for its students. From artsy clubs such as the Cra Club to sports clubs like the Paintball Club and interest clubs such as the Philosophy/ Debate Club and Amnesty International. If you are looking for a carefree environment to relax while using your hands, then the Cra s Club was created for you. The goal for this club, as described by the club head Sharon Riegsecker, ’08, “is to create [a] peaceful and relaxing environment through cra .” She feels, and most of us can agree, that with all the “classes and everything that we go through, most of us feel like we need an outlet.” This past Thursday, the members of the club formed to discuss the next cra activity for Friday, October 26, at 12:30 p.m. in Darden. They decided for a meeting of counted cross stitch and if interested ask for prospected members RSVP to participate in the cra . Gathering together the Paintball Club had their first meeting last Saturday, September 30. The creator of club, La-Ron Bowden, ’07, states "I wanted to start a new and different organization at Rol-

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lins that is fully of energy, excitement and an adrenaline rush.” The Paintball Club does indeed provide all the goals for its thrill-seeking members, not to mention common interests and time for people to get together and have a good relaxing time. This club goes out to different facilities every third week for a couple of hours of paintball. For those who are looking for adrenaline and are continuing or even those to whom this is completely new, feel free to come to the paint ball meeting every other Thursday at 6 p.m. in the campus center. Lots of people have a great skill and love for arguing or debating, for these people Dr. Eric Smaw, of the Philosophy Department, created the Philosophy/ Debate Club. As stated by Dr. Smaw, the goal of this club “is to provide Rollins with a forum in which students can debate, discuss, question, and consider various perspectives on issues that are of interest to students.” Topics of the club range from the Patriot Act, the honor code, the Iraq war, gay marriage, and the death penalty. Club membership is open to any new debater. And unlike many other clubs, the Debate Club welcomes any audience, of any interested people, to come watch the debates. If you are interested, come to their meetings that are held on Tues-

days at 7 p.m. in the Lounge in the French House. Along with the Philosophy Club, Dr. Smaw is also the faculty advisor for Amnesty International. This club is a registered affiliate of Amnesty International (Amnesty.org), the world's largest human rights organization. Most recently the Rollins Chapter has focused on the Stop Violence Against Women Campaign. This campaign involved signs notifying the student body, petition signing and Urgent Action le ers focusing on the current campaign to encourage the Mexican and Guatemalan governments to investigate the murders of women, and passing out fact sheets. Along with this campaign, Amnesty International, hopes to expand the clubs reach to also bring awareness to issues such as torture, child soldiers, the death penalty, and other crimes against humanity. If this is of interest to you, please contact Karina Mc Cabe, ’07. This new school year at Rollins College brings lots of new activities for all the students. All the new clubs, some including those mentioned in this article and many more, are sure to bring a great learning and relaxing experience for the Rollins College students. Many clubs fit lots of different interests and passions; there is a club made for each and every student.

Oct. 17: 2 p.m.: RCC Olympics, Mills Lawn 6 p.m.: Women's soccer, Home Oct. 19: 8 p.m.: This Is How It Goes, Fred Stone Oct. 20: 6 p.m.: Mocktail Fiesta, Dave's Downunder 8 p.m.: This is How It Goes, Fred Stone Oct. 21: 2 p.m.: Men's Soccer, Lynn 8pm: This Is How It Goes, Fred Stone Oct. 22: ANDRES LESTER-COLL / The Sandspur 10 a.m.: Winter Park Car Show, Central Park PAINTBALL PALS: The newly formed paintball team meets weekly to plan Oct. 24: their adrenaline-filled activities. 7 p.m.: Middle Eastern Food Night, Mills Lawn Oct. 25: 8 p.m.: Wicked Wednesdays present Harpoon, Dave's Downunder Oct. 26: 8 p.m.: Global Warming Day- "KilowaĴ Ours," Bush Auditorium Oct. 28: 7 a.m.: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Lake Island Park, Denning Drive 12 p.m.: Homecoming BBQ, Alfond Baseball Field Oct. 30: 7 p.m.: Bursting Out, SunTrust Auditorium


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Foley Fallout And What It Means For Republicans Samantha Marsh the sandspur Republican Mark Foley represented the sixteenth district of Florida in the House of Representatives from 1995 until 2006. In those six years he championed anti-child

pornography laws, chairing the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, pushing through legislation to change federal sex offender laws and introducing bills to outlaw websites that showcased sexual images of pre-teens. Ironically, Foley resigned from the House on September 29, 2006 facing a scandal involving sexual misconduct towards minors. Early in September, several political blogs published e-mails and instant message conversations between Foley and congressional pages, high school students who work as messengers for congressman. The pages at the time were all underage, and the messages contained implicit and explicit sexual content. When ABC

news broke the story nationally, Foley resigned. He entered rehabilitation for alcoholism, admitted through his lawyer that he was gay and even that a clergyman molested him when he was younger. Also, he claims he has never had sexual conduct with a minor and that the online conversations occurred when he was drunk. Foley's story, on a personal level, is a fascinating one and it remains to be seen what will happen to him. However, the real story behind this scandal involves the ex-congressman only indirectly. It is important to remember that midterm elections are rapidly approaching, and the tide appears to be turning against Republicans, who could lose their twelve-year run as majority in the House. How convenient then that this scandal should break in the last few weeks before elections, thereby fostering anti-Republican sentiment. Part of this backlash stems not only from Foley's conduct, but the GOP's perceived handling of the issue. According to some sources, many people in congress were apparently aware of Foley's

inappropriate contact with young male pages. Former pages recall being warned to stay away from Foley. More importantly, it appears that House majority speaker J. Dennis Hastert was informed about Foley's sexual correspondence with pages in 2003 through his then chief of staff Scott B. Palmer. Foley's former chief of staff Kirk Fordham claims to have told the latter about concerns regarding Foley's conduct towards pages and was then informed that the speaker had taken care of it. Allegations are flying concerning who knew what and when and some congressman are calling for the resignation of speaker Hastert, but mainly voters are getting the impression that this is a Republican coverup. Hastert's claims of ignorance seem desperate lies, furthering the Republicans plight. Whether or not the Democrats were involved with breaking this story they are obviously benefiting from the negative impact it is having on the GOP. For if Foley was displaying such obvious and inappropriate conduct towards minors, and those above him were fully

aware of it, something should have been done. He should not have been merely given a private verbal reprimand as described by those involved. He should have been stopped through open acknowledgement of the issue and the ensuing consequences. Foley clearly has a problem, whether it is truly alcoholism or deep-seated psychological issues from a childhood trauma. He never had physical sexual contact with a minor, so he must have had some sense that what he was doing was wrong. For goodness sakes, he worked tirelessly in Congress to combat sexual predators and pedophiles. When this was discovered those around him should have taken steps to help him, and protect the young boys who he had contact with. Instead the Republican Party ignored and covered up the issue. They should be punished for their negligence. Likely, they will be in November, when Republicans go to vote in Foley's district, and even across the country.

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Leave Standardized Testing to High Schools. Please. Megan Borkes the sandspur "I'm not a crook," said Rich-

William Neikirk mct campus ard M. Nixon before the House Judiciary Commi ee voted to impeach him for his role in Watergate. "It depends on what the meaning of the word `is' is," Bill Clinton told a federal grand jury in his famous linguistic dance about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. "The buck stops where I'm at," House Speaker Dennis Hastert said as he declared that he was taking the responsibility - but none of the blame - for the congressional page scandal involving departed Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla. Washington's culture of scandal has its own priceless lexicon and peculiar pathologies. It o en is driven by money and greed, ambition and power, and, of course, sex. It features cover-ups, the circling of wagons, the shi ing of blame and countera acks until, ultimately, the truth emerges. As Hastert, much to his dismay, and other Republicans quickly learned, scandal swi ly takes charge of the public debate and dominates it until there is a resolution, usually someone's head rolling. Issues take a back seat when a scandal is brewing. For a press corps bored with the substance of government, scandal is like co on candy. Because this one boiled up only a month before the election, it is threatening an already endangered Republican majority. Scandal unfolds and spreads rapidly these days with the Internet and 24-hour cable news - a speed that can outrun the ability of those involved to obtain and marshal facts. Stephen Hess, a political scholar at The Brookings Institution, said that when newspapers were predominant, reporters had half a day or more to work on a breaking story about scandal. With cable, he said, they have minutes. "With the Internet," he

said, "they have seconds." Damage control means it is best to get the truth out as quickly as possible - a lesson that politicians have struggled to absorb since Watergate. But Charles Black, a Republican political consultant, said things o en move so fast that it is hard to get all the facts out to halt the feeding frenzy. "Ge ing everybody together to determine what the facts are is the biggest challenge," Black said. That is especially true in cases with a lot of people involved. "You can't delay responding very long, as you are ge ing pummeled," he said. To those caught up in scandal, there is nowhere to escape from the media, political opponents or the public's dark suspicions. Scandal has been around as long as the republic, but lately it seems to be more frequent in a system where the players are desperate for campaign contributions. The scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff has swept up a number of members of Congress. Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio resigned for making false statements and conspiracy to commit fraud. The powerful GOP majority leader, Tom DeLay, resigned a er he was indicted in Texas over his role in an election controversy. As part of a bribery investigation, the FBI found $90,000 in cash stashed in the freezer of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., when it raided his New Orleans home. In the case of the Foley scandal, the story quickly shi ed from Foley to the speaker because Hastert was slow to respond, said Stan Collender, managing director of the Washington office of Qorvis Communications, a public-relations company. Without a strong identity, even for a man who is second to the vice president in the line of succession, Hastert let a crisis define him, a definite no-no in the world of public relations, Collender said. Questions linger about whether Hastert should have acted more decisively. Many Ameri-

cans, and even some officials in the Bush administration, believe he should step down because neither he nor his staff acted aggressively against Foley a er learning he sent "over-friendly" e-mails to a page. But with control of Congress at stake, Hastert turned to a familiar tack. He suggested that Democrats might have leaked the most damaging electronic transmissions just before next month's election - a claim he later backed away from by saying he was only repeating what he had heard or read. He sounded a li le like Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1998. Standing by her husband before the truth emerged about his relationship with Lewinsky, she went on TV and blamed a "vast rightwing conspiracy" for a acking Clinton since he began campaigning for the presidency. Clinton is one of the few in Washington who managed to ride out the storm of scandal, although his reputation suffered greatly. The a empted impeachment failed, but the scandal effectively ended his presidency. Most Washington scandals, of course, fall into two categories - money or sex. In the past, the city took wicked delight in sex scandals, especially when they involved top figures, such as the powerful Ways and Means Chairman Wilbur Mills of Arkansas. In 1974, Mills was stopped by police one night in Washington, and his companion, Fanne Foxe, a stripper from an establishment known as the Silver Slipper, jumped into the Tidal Basin. The Wall Street Journal led off its story the next day with a bit of doggerel: "She was just a stripper from the Silver Slipper, but she had her Ways and Means." But the page scandal is different. It revolves around a powerful congressman's inappropriate overtures to children sent to Washington to work and learn about the Democratic process. There is nothing entertaining about this one.

For those of us who lived in Florida for high school, we all know the dread that comes with the approaching FCAT season. FCAT, the standardized testing system in Florida, comes around just about every other year, and students are required to pass be-

fore they can move on to the next grade. In high school, a passing FCAT is required to graduate. Seniors in high school suffer through long class periods of FCAT review because some of the people in the class are still preparing for their "last" year of testing. This system causes many classes to be cramped for time when it comes to the end of the year and they still have about five chapters le to cover. FCAT takes priority over that, even, and the testing day turns out to be pre y much a skip day for the rest of the students not taking the test. The point I'm trying to make here is that we students have had more than enough of standardized testing through high school. Even a non-Floridian can agree that the SATs and ACTs are enough to have to worry about. So, why would there even be a possibility that college students will have to go through the standardized testing ordeal all over again in order to graduate with a degree? An article in the New York Times says that might be a very distinct possibility in the next few years. I guess I could see where they are coming from. Many students who graduate from college have less than stellar educations. Though they may have been book smart, the fact that they still mix up the different forms of "there" (that's "there," "their," and "they're," by the by) is a bit terrifying. So, maybe standardized testing is a good idea. But, then again, shouldn't students have go en past that kind of error in high school? Shouldn't we already know how to construct a coherent

sentence and how to do preliminary algebra? Yes, yes we should. That is what the SATs and ACTs in high school are for. It is ridiculous to think that college students are going to be demoted to the level of high school students when it comes to testing. College is supposed to be a higher level of learning, and, to me, that sort of testing has a very elementary connotation. I mean, it should. Students - at least students here in Florida - have been testing that way since they were in elementary school, a er all. Hi ing college was supposed to be a turning point in a student's life. But if standardized testing is brought up to this level, it is going to be a lot more of the same experiences. And what happens when a student's schedule does not match up with when the testing is supposed to take place? Is there going to be a required class that teaches JUST the things that will be tested on? Wouldn't that make it a li le bit more stressful for those seniors who are trying to focus on their major of choice? It is just a bad, flawed idea all around. Any way you look at it, standardized testing should be le in high school where it belongs.


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Volleyball Snaps Five Game Losing Streak Samantha Marsh the sandspur After a five game losing streak, the Tars' victory over Lynn University on Sunday October eighth could not have come soon enough. The Tars lost to the University of Tampa on Thursday the fifth for their fourth straight loss and then to Nova Southeastern University on the day before their win against Lynn. Tampa beat the Tars 3-0, dominating each game despite tremendous offensive effort by Stephanie Nichols and Lorena Orlandini. Rollins managed to put up more of a fight against Nova Southeastern, losing 3-1. They won the first game after trailing early on, and managed to come out on top 30-28. The second game was even closer, the teams exchanged the lead several times leading to a 29-29 tie. Nova Southeastern was able to clinch the win and used this momentum to carry them to

easy victories in games three and four. The next day the Tars arrived in Boca Raton hungry for a victory, and found one at the expense of Lynn University, who they defeated 3-2. Rollins lost the first game despite a persistent lead. Games two and three would go to the Tars however, as they finally found the path back to their winning style. Lynn University refused to go down quietly and won the fourth game 30-23. But their effort would fall short, as Rollins rallied for a win in the fifth game. Again, outside hitter Stephanie Nichols led the Tars offense, along with junior Piper Young, who had 19 kills and one ace and a major role in the fifthgame victory. Defensive ace Kim Cline had twenty six digs. The Tars finish their long stretch of games on the road with the Carson-Newman Tournament in Jefferson City, Tennessee on October 13 and 14. They will face several opponents, including Newberry College,CarsonNewman College, Lenior-Rhyne and USC-Aiken.

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Blocked Ball: Sophomore se調er Lacey Malarky and freshman Bri調ainy Daiger go for the ball as it sails over the net. Both players had prominent roles in the Tars' victory over Lynn University on October eighth.

Tars Are Twenty-Third In Yankee Dies in Crash The National Rankings Samantha Marsh the sandspur

Samantha Marsh the sandspur Rollins women's soccer improved in the NSCAA Division II National Rankings taking the number twenty-three spot thanks to shut out wins over conference opponents Webber International and Eckerd. The Tars defeated Eckerd 40 on Friday, October sixth at St. Petersburg, Florida. Rollins took an early lead in the game when Jeri Ostuw scored off a through ball from Allison Tradd after eight minutes. The Tars put up eight shots compared to Eckerd's three during the half, but it wasn't until forty minutes in that Lindsay Taylor

finished a corner kick from Dana Merrill to put the Tars up 2-0. The Tars scored twice in the second half, the first early on with a goal by Lindsay Giblin assisted by Mellisa Saint James and Jennifer Dyer. She returned the favor later on in the half, assisting Saint James with a goal in the fiftyfifth minute of play. Giblin has fifteen goals for the season and eight assists. Stephanie Woelfel saved three in the first seventyseven minutes of the game, and Francesca Nicoloso preserved the shut-out with two saves when she entered the game for the last thirteen minutes. They were assisted by the excellent defense provided by Danielle Martin, Ericka Mohr, Alison Tradd and Lindsay Taylor.

Unfortunately the Tars found themselves on the wrong end of a shut out for the first time in their game against third-ranked University of Tampa on Tuesday, October tenth. Rollins lost 3-0 to their conference opponent who maintained consistent ball control, and out shot the Tars twenty-one to eight. Lindsay Giblin and Dana Merrill had the only shots on goal for the Rollins offense and Freshman Stephanie Woelfel had three saves in the defensive effort. The Tars hope to recover from this uncharacteristic loss in their game against conference opponent Florida Tech. They return home for the game on October fourteenth at seven o'clock.

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The Tars increased their standings to 4-1 in the Sunshine State Conference coming off a recent victory over Nova Southeastern on Wednesday October fourth. They beat Nova Southeastern 3-1, posting twice as many shots and more shots on goal. Rollins' first goal came sixteen minutes into the first half when Juan Kusnir headed in a free kick from Jon Gruenewald. The Tars took this 1-0 lead into the second half, where the game remained scoreless until defenseman Eric Vergati scored off a pass from Leslie Osei in the seventy-fifth minute. Rollins scored again after

only nine minutes when Michael Aronski won a ball and pushed it forward to Christopher Chapon who scored on a breakaway. Nova Southeastern answered this goal four minutes later, but it would be their only goal of the game. The Tars managed to dominate much of the game, controlling the ball and the play. The Tars seemed to maintain this same control in their game on Saturday, October 7 against Eckerd. They had twenty eight shots and ten shots on goal compared to their opponents twelve and six respectively. But Eckerd, coming off an amazing upset victory over first-ranked Lynn University, used this momentum to take another win against a nationally ranked opponent.

They defeated the Tars 3-2 in double overtime. The Tars drew first blood, scoring a goal twenty five minutes into the first half when Juan Kusnir scored off an assist by Chris Cerroni. Eckerd answered by the end of the half with an unassisted goal by their forward Luke Sheekey. Sheekey scored again off a free kick in the second half to give Eckerd a 2-1 lead. Dennis Chin, back from a recent hamstring injury, was the next to contribute to the fiercely contested match with a goal off a Cerroni cross in the seventy-eighth minute. Neither team was able to break the 2-2 tie by the end of regulation play. Eckerd clinched the victory in halfway into the second overtime.

Corey Lidel, a New York Yankee pitcher, died in a plane crash in New York City on the afternoon of Wednesday October eleventh in a shocking tragedy that rocked Major League Baseball. Lidle, a recent Yankee acquisition, was thirty four. He was married and had a six year old son. Also identified in the crash was Tyler Stanger. Stanger was Lidle's flight instructor during last year's off-season, when the veteran pitcher first picked up flying. Although investigating officials have not been able to

identify the exact cause of the crash but they have found a memory chip from the control panel of the plane that should provide some information. The plane crashed into a fiftystory condo in the Upper East Side, raining fire and debris down onto the sidewalk below. However, no one else was injured in the accident and the burning building was evacuated safely. The crash, although at first reminscent of 9/11 attacks was quickly identified as an accident and not a terrorist threat. Fighter jets were put into the air over several American cities, but were called back once the incident had been properly identified.

SPORTS BRIEFS Women's Tennis

The Tars dominated the Florida Collegiate Doubles Tournament at Satellite Beach, Florida on Saturday the seventh, winning every match in competition against Flagler and host Florida Tech. Ninth ranked doubles tandem Tasi Purcell and Marnie Mahler defeated their opponents from Flagler 6-1 and 6-2, and preceded to sweep Michaela Horvathova and Natalia Ramos of Florida Tech 7-5, 6-2 for the championship. Silvia Frandji and Anastasiya Shevchenko won straight sets in flight two as well, beating Flagler and Florida Tech 6-2, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-1 respectively. In flight three Sonia Bernal and Allison Arof beat their opponents handily in straight sets to bring home the third and last championship for Rollins. The Tars ended their fall season on a high note as this is the last tournament until they return in February for dual match season. Men's Golf The Rollins men's golf team tied with Florida Gulf Coast and Flagler College for fourth place at the Spartan Invitational. Twelve teams competed in the tournament in Tampa over the weekend of October 9 and 10. Difficult, windy weather took its toll on every golfer in the tournament, but the Tars' Jeff Golden managed to post a fifth place finish, tying with Lynn's Greg Gonzales. Junior Daniel Laughlin and Senior Marc Zelina also placed within the top fifty. The Tars travel to Scarsdale, New York October 16 and 17 for The Tillinghast, hosted by St. John's University.


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Yankees Collapse In Playoffs Once Again Juan Bernal the sandspur The 21st Century has not been kind to the New York Yankees. After winning the World Series over their crosstown rival New York Mets in 2000, the Yankees have failed to win another World Series title since then, and recently things started to get a little tense in New York. With a payroll upwards of $200 million and with the additions of Johnny Damon from the Boston Red Sox and Bobby Abreu from the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yankees had emerged as one of the World Series favorites. That presumption was helped by the fact that they finished 97-65, ten games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and 11 games ahead of the rival Boston Red Sox. They did it with injuries to Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui, in which both missed most of the season. Randy Johnson and Mariano Rivera also got hurt at the end of the season as well, leaving their pitching staff short on depth. Reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez had a miserable year by his standards in which he hit .290 with 35 home runs and 122 RBI's. Despite those stellar numbers, Rodriguez was repeatedly criticized by the New York media for not being able to hit in the clutch, striking out too much, committing too many (24) errors in the field and leaving too many runners on base. It became evident that the speculation was getting to him in the playoffs as he hit 1 for 14 in the playoffs and was switched from batting 4th to 6th to 8th against the Tigers. The Detroit Tigers were

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Blocked Ball: Defenseman Eric Vergati prepares to get rid of the ball, perhaps with a pass to his teammate, midfielder Juan Kusnir. The Tars defeated Barry University 3-1, but lost to Saint Leo 3-2. baseball's best team from April to August, however when September rolled around, they almost suffered an epic collapse. After being sure bets to win the AL Central crown, the Tigers lost 18 of their final 31 and managed to concede their AL Central lead, which was as many as seven games at one stretch in the season. The Twins ended up winning the AL Central, however, they flopped in three games to the AL West champion Oakland A's. Johan Santana, who had not lost a game at the Metrodome since the middle of 2004, gave up an early home run to Frank Thomas, who later in that game became the oldest player to have a multi-home run game in the postseason.

In Game 2, with the game tied at 2, Twins centerfielder Torii Hunter, who has one five gold gloves in center field in his career with the Twins, made a pivotal error that led to an inside the park homer that plated two runs. The A's went on to take the first two from the Twins and would win their first postseason series in 14 years two days later as they would get an 8-3 game 3 victory. The New York Mets were the National League's best team all season long. They had the National League Eastern Division lead for 181 out of the season's 182 days. Their pitching was superb as Tom Glavine had one of the best seasons of his career notching 15 wins and 3.82 ERA. Steve

Trachsel joined Glavine as a 15 game winner. Offensively Jose Reyes had the best season of his young career, as he hit .300 with 19 homers, 81 RBI's and a major league leading 64 stolen bases. All Star third baseman David Wright, who is receiving consideration for the National League MVP hit .311 with 26 homers and 116 RBI's. New additions Paul LoDuca and Carlos Delgado also made major contributions offensively. The Mets dispatched the Wild Card Los Angeles Dodgers in three games despite having last minute issues with injuries. Pedro Martinez was sidelined for the rest of the postseason with a torn rotator cuff and will miss at least half of next season as well.

Orlando Hernandez, who was supposed to start Game 1 against the Dodgers, will also miss the rest of the postseason with a calf injury. Cliff Floyd may also miss significant time with a strained left achilles tendon in which he aggravated against the Dodgers. John Maine did a solid job filling in for Hernandez in Game 1. Glavine and Trachsel did their part in shutting down a potent Dodgers offense, who ranked in the top half of the National League in many of the offensive categories in Games 2 and 3 respectively. The Mets would move on to face the NL Central champion Cardinals in the postseason. In the middle of August, it seemed like a lock that the Cardinals were going to make the postseason despite struggling all season. They only had a Cy Young caliber starter in Chris Carpenter, and the rest of the staff was mediocre at best. They had many injuries to key players which included first basemen and MVP candidate Albert Pujols (shoulder) third baseman Scott Rolen (shoulder) and Jason Isringhausen (hip). Despite losing nine out of 12 to end the season, and only winning the National League Central by one game, the Cardinals backed into the postseason against National League West champion San Diego Padres. In the second straight Division series meeting between these two squads, things were no different than they were last season, as the Cardinals took the series 3-1. The Padres were doomed by their inability to hit in the clutch and they made the Cardinals' mediocre pitching staff look like a triumvirate of Cy Young winners.

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